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as the obama administration has done for the past 15 months, but refusing, still, to detail which consequences those would be. >> we will explore with like-minded countries what more we can do to bring the conflict to an end, but that will require the assad regime making the decision to participate in a political transition, ending the violence against its own people, and we hope that they do so because we believe, as you know, that their fall is inevitable, but it's a question of how many people will die until that day occurs. lou: the violence, and morsi protesters in the street, and large scale clashes, worst of the violence since morsi proposed his powers. a third of the aides resigned now, and more than 225 injured in the clashes since they broke out. turning to the president and his views, steering clear of my public statements on egypt or morsi or the administrations, but jay carney responded to a question on the administration's actions on the turmoil, a scripted response that he clearly wrote word for word. a two-way dialogue with an exchange of the egyptian people themselves, about t
than ever that the obama administration insisted the attack was the response of a demonstration prompted by rage over an anti-islam video. fox news correspondent with the latest on what lawmakers saw and heard today from the country's top intelligence ficials. >> the closed classified briefing brought together seen your state department, intelligence, and counterterrorism officials for a report on e three-month old investigion into the benghazi terrorist attacks. >> to the degree there was planning involv, something done over days, weeks, or over hours? no indication of long term planning here. >> the attacks cnology was laid oillet in a multimedia presentation with drone surveillance and video from the consulate of the cia and annex. >> this is supposed to be sovereign u.s. territory, and if people walk in on us like that without resistance really makes your blood boil because you think to yourself what's the security? >> a video was shown to the committee lastonth, but this is the first time the presentation was made to the entire house. one lawmaker who asked not to be identi
when the obama administration says they're willing to go off the cliff if a deal is not reached on rates? >> i don't think it's a bluff. if you look at the reality of what happens, all the leverage which i -- right now clearly the white house has. they get more leverage if we go over their cliff. you can argue that would not send a good message to the country, to the world. it would prove that we are dysfunctional and cannot govern, et cetera, et cetera. in terms of dealing with the policy problem, which is you have this massive and growing debt, you have to bring in more revenues. there's multiple ways to do it, but critical ways to raise rates on the top end. it was what the election was about. republicans want to play the game where they think they get something. at the end of the day they lose worse if we go over the cliff. >> that's an interesting insight because you have alan simpson on the "today" show asked dp one side is a winner or loser off the cliff. here's what he had to say, chris. >> when you have leaders from the administration saying i think it's to the advantag
this is not the first time that we hear the obama administration's aid that the use of chemical weapons by syria would be -- the obama administration say that the use of chemical weapons by syria would be a mistake. government were to fall, what might happen to those chemical weapons? >> that is a real concern. beyond worrying that the assad government might use them, there is concern about the collapse. there are various groups fighting. what will the rebels do? there is contact between the u.s. and the rebels on the ground, died in them as to how they should proceed -- guiding them as to how they should proceed, what to do about these weapons if they are in control. there is contingency planning with the american allies in the region about what to do if there is a collapse. it would involve moving in with troops, you would assume, to secure those weapons. >> as the conflict grinds on, there -- are there any signs of new thinking? >> all options are bad options. that is what is making it so difficult for anyone to come up with a plan to move forward and bring the bloodshed to an end. there has been t
be destroyed. of course, the obama administration has been warning the syrian president bashar al assad if he uses those chemical weapons on his own people there will be consequences. jennifer griffin live with us now. what are you hearing. >> there are reports tonight that syria has actually loaded those chemical weapons into bombs and that the military is awaiting assad's order to possibly use those chemical weapons against the syrian people. we can confirm that a senior u.s. official says that the saran gas is mixed and ready to use. they have 60 days to use it until it expires or it needs to be destroyed. so there is a great deal of concern tonight in the pentagon about what the assad regime plans to do with that saran gas now that those weapons have been in essence prepared and we can also report that there appear to be some movement in the region, preparations in the event that were to decide that he needed to act and to intervene because as you know president obama has said that it would be fine if president assad used those chemical weapons against his own people. >> harris: all right
a great night. we'll see you right back here tomorrow. ♪ lou: the obama administration tonight ramping up diplomatic efforts to end seer -- syria's bloody civil war and the fear assad could use chemical weapons against his own people. the military is prepared to use poisen gas bombs, secretary of hillary clinton flew to dublin to hold a meeting with her russian counter part and u.n. enjoy to syria meeting to discuss how they would end the now 21-month long conflict in syria and how to move assad from power. and there's no sign they had to reverse the support, and today, a senior lawmaker says the syria government is now incapable of functioning properly. just before the meeting with the russian foreign minister, secretary clinton insisted that the united states and russia share common goals in the region. >> trying hard to work hard with russia to stop the bloodshed in syria and begin a political transition to a post asad future. the pressure against the regime in and around damascus seems to be increasing. lou: at home, leon pa net fa issuing the -- panetta issuing the sharpest warning y
doing anything and that's a major problem in a security issue for the obama administration. >> warner: you were telling me before we came on that you'd seen another video that also suggests that. tell us about that. >> that's right. there was a video released a few days ago in which -- in the video it was an organization fly a black flag, clearly something jihadist saying to europeans and americans "we don't need you, we have these weapons, we'll do it on our own." so our worst nightmare through neglect seems to be coming true in syria. >> warner: quickly, how close is the u.s. to changing its policy at all from what you've been able to discern? >> i think it is on terms of recognizing the government in exile which we -- was formed in doha. in terms of arming the opposition, i'm not sure. it might be something that's been debated to death. there's no action out of the obama administration. we were hoping it was going to happen earlier, it didn't happen and it seems now that the people -- the jihadists and salafists have the arms now including shoulder-fired anti-aircraft systems and t
the story from the high court. >> in the last 90 days, obama administration proposed 6,000 new regulations to impact everything from the private property to your religious freedom. it comes from the environmental protection agency. today, the epa role from the logging trails in oregon was front and center at the supreme court. where logging industry representatives argue that overregulation could cost them millions. >> loss of jobs with a million people employed by the industry. >> environmentalists argue epa has role for protecting u.s. waterways and should be doing more. >> epa and state regulators weren't willing to take on the practice, we stepped in to challenge it and try to bring it under the law. >> epa is one of dozens of federal entities that issues regulation and rules each day. measures that often go in to effect before those who will be impacted even know they are under consideration. that is something the regulatory flexibility act was designed to prevent. it requires the current administration to issue reports in both april and october, identifying the proposed rules likely
is and would be totally unacceptable. >> reporter: obama administration and military officials say they believe president assad has gotten the message. >> we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line. and those responsible would be held to account. >> reporter: the syrian regime, which has been massacring citizens for nearly two-straight years, has been careful not to confirm it has the weapons. >> even if we have them, we shall not use them against our people. >> reporter: but president assad's father used chemical weapons. and officials believe pressure on the current government is mounting. opposition is making tactical gains that could trigger a shift in the conflict. the state department believes the conflict is growing closer to assad and is looking into reports that assad's men are looking for a place to go into exile. >> tahman bradley, live in washington. thanks, tahman. >>> we also have breaking news this morning from egypt. deadly clashes between opponents and supporters of egypt's new president. at least five people were killed. almost 500 injured overnight
's what they hear after the obama administration is ready to go over the fiscal cliff if the gop doesn't bid on higher taxes. on top earners. a just released poll shows nearly half of those ads say it's time to end tax cuts for the wealthy but keep it in place for americans earning $250,000 or less. 32% say the tax cuts should remain in place for everyone. during a broadcast interview yesterday timothy geithner was asked what if republican don't agree to raising taxes. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. again, we say there's no prospect for an agreement that doesn't involve those tax rates going up. remember, it's 2%. remember, all of those americans, too, get a tax cut into that framework on the first $250,000 of their income. >> that said the president and speaker john boehner discussed the budget by phone yesterday. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest on this game of fiscal chicken. susan, good morning to you. >> right. good morning, terrell. yeah, that phone call does raise the possibility that some serious talks could star
krachlt meanwhile the obama administration says essentially countries in the middle east have offered asylum to assad and his family. assad said he will not leave syria. the u.s. said he will be accountable for the battle against the syria people. >>> overnight the political fighting has turned lethal. state tv says at least five people were killed when supporters and opponents of morsi fought in front of the palace in cairo. they used tanks to control the situation. >>> john mcafee spent the night in a gat a mallen jail. he was arrested yesterday for entering the country illegally. he said he crossed the border from belize to seek asylum. he's wanted there for questioning in a murder. mcafee had been on the run for weeks. >> reporter: software innovator john mcafee came to guatemala for asylum but was taken into custody for entering the country illegally. he gave an interview before he was arrested i i'm now here and i'm going to speak out and speak out big file. >> reporter: mcafee had been living in belize supported by the millions he made from his software company. police want to
be something that's been debated to death. there's no action out of the obama administration. we were hoping it was going to happen earlier, it didn't happen and it seems now that the people -- the jihadists and salafists have the arms now including shoulder-fired antairaft systems and the secular forces that came out of the mainstream that we could deal with don't seem to have those weapons and the question is what is the obama administration going to do now? >> warner: tough decision. patrick tabler, thank you. >> my pleasure. >> suarez: still to come on the "newshour": political turmoil in egypt; arizona's new senator; a broad range of steps for a minnesota dance company and the college conference switches. but first, the other news of the day. here's hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: democrats and republicans accused each other today of refusing to talk specifics about how to avoid the fiscal cliff. the two sides traded charges of bad faith as year-end tax hikes and spending cuts moved another day closer. on the face of it there seemed to be little movement today. >> no substantive prog
of maintaining force capable of fighting two wars would be strained. with the obama administration, shift to asia, as a new focus on the u.s. operations. >> it would require us temporarily to throw out the strategy we have so carefully put in place in the past year as something to avoid. >> the d.o.d. promises that the salary of the department 3 million civilian and military employees would be exempt from cuts. staffing them would not be. bret? >> bret: doug, thank you. one of the suggestions discussed for increasing revenue involves limits on tax deductions as you heard in ed henry's piece. that brings us to the issue of charitable giving and whether the limits on write-offs would limit people's willingness to write checks. here is chief national correspondent jim angle. >> more than 200 representatives of charitable organizations from across the country came to washington today. to urge lawmakers to be careful not to hurt charity in search for revenue. >> for every dollar a donor receives in tax relief the public receives $3 of benefit. no other tax benefit generates that positive public impact
. the u.s. ambassador and three other americans died in the attack. the obama administration has been under fire for saying it was a spontaneous incident linked to a protest. intelligence officials later called it a terrorist attack. a lawmaker says there are indications several possible motivations. catherine is live on capitol hill. how are lawmakers reacting to the videos? >> a lawmaker telling fox after the brief that it was frustrating, it was tough to watch the videos because whether you call the consulate a diplomatic facility, or you call it something else, it is u.s. sovereign territory. when the terrorists or the mob gathered outside the consulate, some of them were armed, some not, there was no resistance. there was a small arms fire. they walked into the consulate grounds. lawmakers say the video show how some of them left with clothing or electronics and others torched the facility leading to the deaths from what we know of the united states ambassador. a was striking today is that a republican who is on the house of representatives intelligence committee telling fox ther
is that the options for the obama administration in syria would remain somewhat limited. the movement of these weapons all known to u.s. intelligence was first reported in the "new york times." officials confirmed it to fox news if president assad uses these weapons, american retaliatory options could range from subversive covert actions to the arming of syrian rebels to the direct use of force. >> their actions against their own people have been tragic but there is no doubt that there is line between even the horrors that they have already inflicted on the syrian people and moving to what would be internationally condemned step of utilizing their chemical weapons. >> that was secretary clinton speaking in prague today but keeping it vague as you saw shep as to what washington might do about it. >> this isn't the first time that the president and the secretary of state have drawn this red line. >> no, it's not. and critics of the obama administration warn that setting such a high bar to greater u.s. involvement in that conflict, namely the waging of chemical war by a nation against its own citizenry c
december. senator cornyn, thank you so much. new reports that the obama administration could get more involved in syria by supplying weapons to the rebels. this despite evidence that's arms going into syria are going to the hard line extremists and people who hate america. we'll explain how that happening and why there is such risk in our next possible move. colonel ralph peters is next. four women in the military have filed a lawsuit to forechange the rules for women in combat. can a judge change the longstanding policy? we'll debate it in "kelly's court." a random act of kindness caught on camera. today we hear from the new york police officer who is being celebrated across the country. >> it was extremely cold that night. you see this gentleman. i offered to buy him a pair of socks. he said no, but god bless you and thanks for asking it's freezing cold touted and he had the heart to say god bless me. i just knew i had to help him. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficient absorption in one daily dose. citracal slow release. campbell's has 24 new soup
% of the west bank. but if there's benign neglect in the second term of the obama administration in my view this will get out of hand. i am concerned about it. i think we're not there yet. but if there's four years of neglect, then each side takes unilateral steps. then we're in a very different place. therefore, that's why it's very important to get these parties to the table right now. >> suarez: quick final comment from ghaith. do palestinians still believe that the two-state solution is on the table? >> absolutely. public opinion over and over again believes that the two-state solution is do-able, is preferrable. they do not believe that it's realized in the foreseeable future. if the public starts losing faith in the viability of the two-state solution it will be abandoned. >> suarez: ghaith and david, good to talk to you both. >> thank you. >> brown: now, how to increase student performance in america's secondary schools. federal education officials announced today that five states will participate in an experiment to make students spend more time in school. meanwhile, many states are
osama bin laden and some charge the obama administration gave the film's producer certain access. barbara starr will be with us about that. thanks for joining us. "ac 360" starts now. >>> we begin with breaking news. new signs tonight the syrian government could be preparing to do the unthinkable, unleash chemical weapons on its own people. the united states has new intelligence suggesting syrian forces now mixing the ingredients used to make deadly serin gas. a serious civil war has progressed. the obama administration has repeatedly warned even just moving chemical weapons would be a red line that could draw a swift response. just hours ago, president obama directly addressing the assad regime about this latest intelligence. >> today, i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable, and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> the world of course has been watching in horror at the atrocitie
and money for military equipment and personnel. the obama administration has threatened to veto the measure saying it would limit the president a's thoroughly to hane terror suspects. the nypd questioning a man now in connection with yesterday's deadly subway push. police say surveillance video shows a man fitting the suspect's description arguing on the platform. moments later a 58-year-old father who eyewitnesses say tried to break up the fight was pushed in front of an approaching train. police say they nabbed the suspect just around the corner from the subway station. i'm ainsle ainsley earhardt. back to greta. >> greta: how about this? a california teachers' union producing a video cartoon called tax the rich. >> over i'm ric time rich peopld they weren't rich enough so they came up with ways to get richer. the first way was with tax cuts. they say why should i care witht other non-rich people. i can hire people to work for me for less money than taxes cost. then i can keep the rest of my taxes for me. meanwhile, instead of investing in things most people would accuse and instead of pr
think that obama administration has set the tone that they will be there to bail people out. they bailed out general motors. they bailed out, you know, folks who couldn't pay their mortgages. they're helping people who can't pay for health insurance. i mean, the idea is that we can provide for people that can't provide for themselves. they've kind of set the tone that we'll be there to help you if you don't have the money for yourself. obama will be there on monday in detroit to answer personally whether he's planning to give the city any money. there's certainly precedent. it's happened before and it will happen against with the pension systems. >> greta: president ford did it with new york in the '70s. there's precedent. the problem is we don't have any money. >> we're out of money and i don't know where this ends. credit to the council woman. i think that's refreshing in politics. usually they're trying to be more tactful with these sorts of things. weesh out owe're out of money. obviously the prison and the democratic internet have some leverage but where does this end? we're talking
not, no. it's farcical. this is a generation al issue and the obama administration is going to have to gibe at some point on its theory of law. i think a couple days the u.s. attorney in washington said the federal law trumps what you guys are going. people are going to say no, enough. and the obama administration just started ramping up prosecutions of this. this is unusual for me. >> yeah. do you agree, goldie? >> i do, except heroin is making a comeback and that's really unfortunate. but do i think the legalization of marijuana will increase its usage, i don't. people who want to partake, are already partaking. so i think that we ought to just remove the gloves, let people do what they want to do in the privacy of their own homes. free up our police to direct their things to things that are much more important. these people aren't going to get in the car and drive. hell, they can't even kind their far keys after a good joint. so the issue really is about criminalizing things and making a pathway for our young boys, chiefly boys, from the high school straight to prison. that pipel
geithner saying the obama administration is absolutely ready to go over the fiscal cliff. >> what we got today was a assemble nar on hoaseminar on h. >> the vast majority of the media is on his side. no matter what he says, no matter what he does, even though what he's doing is outrageous, but his own party won't support him. >> the republicans have conceded the language. >> we could probably solve this in about a week. it's not that tough. >> it was week. >> president obama has said that he has pen in hand and he's prepared to sign the middle income tax cuts. >> you have a president of the united states that has the mighty pen. you bailed out the banks. bail out the american people that don't have homes for the holidays. >> in his second term i hope he will offer fresh ideas and serious leadership. >> we need a response from the white house. >> i'm hea here to tell you that nobody wants to get this done more than me. >> it's true that president obama won reelection and i congratulate him on his victory, but on january 20th, he'll face a stagnant economy and a fiscal mess. >> our people
into the obama administration is -- honestly, it's laughable. the guy ran against everything that obama stands for. >> it worked on the west wing. >> with all due respect as well, president obama -- this isn't coming from some right winger. you can take that out of your ears. it comes from reporters across capitol hill. president obama doesn't like doing these things. he doesn't like the personal interaction. and he certainly isn't one known to set aside his grudge. so i don't see any place for mitt romney inside an obama administration. >> i still think it would be nice. wait a second. wait a second. i think it would be nice for symbolism sake, perhaps, if president obama and mitt romney came out after that luncheon and appeared before cameras, said a few things and walked away. wouldn't that be nice, roland? >> no, no. >> come on. yes, it would. >> no, it wouldn't. no, it wouldn't. first of all, what are they going to say? the salmon's great? come on. the bottom line is if you're the president of the united states, let's be honest, carol, you're not going to reduce yourself to -- i'm going t
. this new intelligence has the obama administration so concerned, harsh warnings came today from the president himself. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. >> reporter: a senior official tells abc news that there are contingency plans for military action if the weapons became a threat. the syrian regime said today it would not use chemical weapons under any circumstance, but president assad's father used them, diane, and assad himself has been massacring his citizens for nearly two straight years, as you know. >> i do, and thank you, martha raddatz, reporting in on syria tonight. >>> and now we turn to a health alert from the nation's top doctors. flu season has begun weeks ahead of schedule, and it's promising to be a bruising year for the flu. but abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser says there is a smart way to take care of yo
, the obama administration is backing up its public warnings by sending private messages to assad through one of his few remaining allies, russia. >> pelley: david, thank you. the assad dictatorship has ruled syria for more than 40 years. the syrian people rebelled last year and it's been open warfare ever since. it's extremely hazardous for reporters to get into the war zone, but elizabeth palmer managed to reach a neighborhood under siege on the outskirts of the capital city, damascus. >> reporter: it's 6:00 p.m. the heavy shelling doesn't usually start until 9:00, so it's safe to go for a tour of this wrecked and virtually deserted neighborhood. this was one of the first neighborhoods to rise up against president bashar al-assad and for almost two years it's been punished. now 80% of the residents have been driven out. our guide was 21-year-old sara. the few people who remain here are too poor to leave or, like sara, too committed to the anti- regime fight. you're among the 20% who stayed. why? better to live here and die with dignity than go to a refugee camp? >> yes, die and we will be p
geithner confirming what republicans have been saying the obama administration is ready to go over the so-called fiscal cliff if taxes are not raised. >> the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> absolutely. there is no prospects in agreement that doesn't involve the raise going up on the top 2 percent. >> house speaker bane another a boehner and president obama have been talking by phone. not much progress was made. boehner says if he doesn't agree with the propose sal he has obligation to submit one of his own. >> the missing girl battling leukemia is safe and is being treated in new mexico. she was taken out of a hospital in phoenix. her mother took her. doctors are worried she could potentially get a deadly infection. the girl's father claims the hospital was to blame for a different infection which cost emily her right arm. he's refusing to tell police where she is in mexico. both parents could face criminal charges. >> shock, disgust and fear spread quickly on the campus of the university of -- one details the exact moment they realty lied they were in a major cris
been fairly quiet throughout the first term of the obama administration. now the president has been reelected, george w. bush sort of comes out a little bit to make this big address, why? what is the timing about, do you think? >> i think the timing was shrewd. he really made a point of staying quiet during the first couple of years of president obama's administration, saying that he wanted the about the to be able to do his job, he didn't think he needed a former president to go out there and do somed tore ra some editorializing. he gave some peaches, enjoyed his life. he was not the subject of any praeurbgsz in fact not the subject at all at the republican convention in tampa in august. as mitt romney was trying to win the presidentee again, george w. bush was really a recluse. i think now that the election is over the republicans lost. he wants to have a role in one of his causes. immigration is a passion he shares with his brother jeb, former governor of florida who is thinking of his own political future and possibly a white house run and wants to help in the reset of the repub
obama's administration ignored the warning signs and what the muslim brotherhood and what radicals are about. when president obama first became president and he went to egypt and gave his first address, his first speech in cairo, in egypt, he made it a point to invite the muslim brotherhood to the chagrin of the mubarak regime. he insisted that the muslim brotherhood would be sitting in two front seats addressing his speech. that gave them a importance in power gaining respect of america and the support of america. america miscalculated as to who they were supporting in the middle east and they continue this miscalculation right now and unless we wake up and really make a drastic change in our foreign policy america will pay a heavy price down the road. melissa: yeah, dramatic conclusion. thank you so much for coming on. i hope you come back. >> thank you. have a great day. melissa: what's in a name? well apparently $35,000 and counting. one man is raking it in for auctioning off his name for an entire year. he is here to explain his brilliant scheme. i love it! it is coming up nex
bombs and missiles. where do you run to? the obama administration is warning assad we in america are watching his every move, especially when it comes to these chemical weapons. >> the president made it clear the use of chemical weapons was a red line. we are monitoring the regime's chemical weapons stockpiles. i won't get into intelligence matters. but with the regime's grip on the power loosening with its failure to put count opposition to conventional means, we have an increased concern about the possibility about the regime taking the desperate act of using chemical weapons. >> reporter: senior obama administration officials confirmed to fox news that for loyal to bashar al-asaad have been observed moving around the regime's to be piles of chemical weapons. though to what degree and what ultimate purpose those things remain unknown at this point. the movement of the weapons components at several dozen known sites was first reported in the "new york times." they harbor concerns about possible preparation for use of chemical weapons but sources say they don't know if they noon
. the rest of the world particularly the obama administration, is happy to let a version of democracy play out. we will see how democratic this process is. the rest of the world will shift attention to syria. there is concern whether or not they are actually preparing chemical weapons in the fight against the rebels. there is a military concern in syria. egypt is an issue but not a pressing issue. >>shepard: we are not getting trick chemicals of headlines from jordan and bahrain. >>guest: when the arab spring happened it cracked open tensions that have been existing for decades and the muslim brotherhood felt finally they had an opportunity to express themselves in a constrained society and they do thought want to let go of the powers they is gotten in the election. >>shepard: thank you. it is extreme the weather on the west coast, storm soaked northern california cannot catch a break. they are bracing for another drenching on top of the 20" of rain that has fallen in some places. the latest storm is the fur the to slam the region in just a week. the nonstop rain created sinkholes across n
with the palestinians, with europeans, and maybe with the obama administration. >> maybe not extreme when it comes -- when you put it in that context and framework. it's extreme when you come to any consent with a two-state solution. israel saying it has to protect its strategic interests. what are they when it comes to e-1, the area that's going to cut the west bank in half, from north to south, effectively? >> i don't think it's a matter of strategy. certainly not when it comes to security. it's a matter of ideology and politics. e-1 under consideration sense rabin, who basically expanded but agreed informally with the americans there would be no building in e-1 and whatever building was done would be in agreement with what at the time credible, viable palestinian partner. e-1 has sat, little has gone on there. they've done some infrastructure planning and road construction. again, michael, i don't think benjamin nettanyahu will go through with e-1. he'll increase the number of units in east jerusalem which to the southeast will make it more difficult to create any measure of continuity if negot
during the end of that administration. we'll likely see an impulse for the same with the obama administration and iran. and that means congress will have to push very hard to see that human rights and democracy and the promotion of those principles in iran is and that agenda foremost on that agenda and with the help of f.d.d., we'll do that. and to that very issue, congratulations on your human rights panel this morning. congratulations on all you do and one more time i want to tell you, the intellectual information, the data that you provide is absolutely essential. i thank you for that. and i think at that point, we'll take some questions, won't we? thank you, toby. [applause] >> congressman royce. it is clear to all of us why you have been entrusted with the very important gavel of chairing the house foreign affairs committee following the able leadership of chairman laint. we are on a tighter schedule and i'm going to call up senator casey but i recognize the presence here today of lieutenant colonel larry ger lock. he was the commander of an amphibious unit. he drove two t
the national rights. >> the vote went against the wishes of the obama administration. the israel and u.s. voted no saying two-state achievement can only be achieveed through the direct negotiations. >> today unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstams to pass to peace. that's why the united states voted against it. >> last year, mahmoud abbas sought statehood through the security council. israeli officials brand it as a public relations act without any real meaning. >> why continue to make painful sacrifices for peace in exchange for pieces of paper that the other side will not honor. >> it will make it less likely. >> jerusalem, as the prime minister benjamin netanyahu called abbas' speech hostile and poisonous and full of false propaganda. it seems tonight the 1947 vision of two sides living peacefully side-by-side is as elusive as 65 years ago. >> bret: eric shown outside the united nations. thank you. still ahead, what gets cut to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff? first, it may be legal but it doesn't mean you can get away with it. legalized marijuana and
contributor, fran townsend. the u.s. ambassador to syria, robert ford, confirmed that the obama administration is considering deeper intervention to help the rebels in syria, something that to date, it's been loathe to do. no decision has been made at least not yet, we're told. what do you make of this? it would certainly be a dramatic policy shift. >> it would, wolf, but in some ways, it's too late. it's awfully, there are real consequences to the fact we waited and acted through allies. this has been a real crisis along the turkish border. we worked with our arab allies in saudi arabia and qatar but meanwhile, the vacuum that's been created while the assad regime annihilates its own people, the bloodshed that's taken place, has created this vacuum. the lack of western action, not just u.s. but also its allies, and allowed people like al qaeda to get in there and extremists and insert themselves. it's become a much more dangerous situation. we have seen the developments today with taking down of the internet, for example, and you really do have to worry about why the assad regime is doing tha
forces? >> i think the obama administration needs to make a big decision. do you confer recognition on national council as legitimate authority of the syrian people. the reason for doing this, they need to push assad out as quickly as possible. he's holding on, and if something doesn't change in this equilibrium he may hold on for months on end. this war could spread in lebanon, jordan, iraq, that's not in the interest of the united states. they need to reinforce this coalition. that's one reason. the other is one of self interest. it's likely that at some point assad is going to fall. this particular group or some element of it will take over as the government of syria. we should want to have influence there given the importance of syria, and the importance of syria to iran. because if we can separate a new syrian government from the iranians that would be a major strategic advantage to the united states. >> eliot: michael, it certainly does seem that the trendline is not favorable to assad, that's good news. but is this another instance where we've been leading from behind, where
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